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Parenting on Purpose: Incorporating mindfulness into everyday life

It’s a common scene at my house:  I’m washing dishes, the baby starts to cry, the 2-year-old drops her milk, and the dog barks to go out.   My thoughts can read something like this:  “I just wanted to get this one thing done!  Where is my husband?  Are the kids and the dog conspiring against me?”  Or, I can pause.  Take a breath.  Recognize my options for responding to the scene, and acknowledge that I can only do one thing at a time.  “The dog has to go out. The baby needs to be picked up…so does the milk.  Right now, I am washing this dish.”